Terror Threat Snapshot – August 2017

Early this month, the House Homeland Security Committee released its Terror Threat Snapshot detailing the latest events and summarizing terrorist attacks, plots, arrests, and counter-terrorism victories, such as the battle for Mosul. ISIS-related events account for the majority of the report, with Al Qaeda and other Islamist groups remaining active.

Some key points from this month’s Snapshot:

  • ISIS’ campaign to encourage and guide terrorist attacks in the West continues. So far in 2017, there have been 14 homegrown jihadi cases and the FBI continues to investigate cases in all 50 states.
  • Mosul has been reclaimed from ISIS by U.S.-backed coalition forces. This deals a major blow to ISIS operations in the region, as the city was one of their largest strongholds. Global threat levels remain high, however, as the group continues to encourage attacks abroad.
  • ISIS’ branch in Afghanistan, ISIS Khorasan, was dealt a major blow when the group’s leader Abu Sayed was killed in a U.S. airstrike on the organization’s headquarters
  • Australia has created a new ministry dedicated to coordinating anti-terror efforts between existing agencies. The Ministry of Home Affairs will have oversight of the Australian Federal Police, Australian Security Intelligence Organization, and the Australian Border Force. The ministry will also have an intelligence coordinating body, as well as an around-the-clock cyber security department.

The Snapshot notes that while US and coalition partners have made progress against ISIS in their core territory, “there are ISIS branches in a dozen places today.”

Non-registered readers can access the Snapshot here.